• Nov 1, 2010
2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

After putting the 2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid through the wringer (meaning: we assessed it for our first drive), we dubbed it, "a Porsche Cayenne Hybrid for the people." Why'd we compare it to a Porsche? Well, the Touareg Hybrid shares its supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, eight-speed automatic transmission and its all-wheel-drive system with the Porsche model, so comparisons between the two should be expected. However, the Cayenne Hybrid, with a base price of $67,700, is too expensive for our tastes, and we'd venture to guess that it's priced beyond the reach of many American buyers as well.

No problem, this would be where the Touareg Hybrid steps in. Or so we thought. We anticipated that VW's hybrid would be the bargain of the two, and therefore, bring the goods of the Cayenne Hybrid to "the people." We were expecting the hybrid model to command a premium north of the $44,350 price tag on the current TDI Touareg, but how far north remained unknown until now. Volkswagen has revealed the Touareg's base price, and it's a whopping $60,565, plus $820 in destination fees. With a wallet-crunching MSRP like that, the 20 miles per gallon city, 25 mpg highway Touareg Hybrid will likely struggle to appeal to "the people." We'll stop short of calling the Touareg Hybrid a failure, but with Porsche's version priced within spitting distance, we're struggling to think of any reason why buyers should opt for the VW. If it were our coin on the line, we'd go with the less pricey Touareg TDI.



Photos copyright ©2010 Zach Bowman / AOL


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      • 4 Years Ago
      AUTOBLOG-"We would go with the less pricey Touareg TDI" ....What are you people? This is out of reach for probably 90% of your readers. You should have said "We would go with something TREMENDOUSLY less pricey"...like a Hyundai or a Ford Escape. This is a joke for the vast number of your readers.
        rejean
        • 4 Years Ago
        Touareg powertrain warranty starting in 2011 is 10 years 100k miles. Btw
      • 4 Years Ago
      If theres one thing I hate more than SUVs, its hybrid SUVs. And if theres one thing I hate more than hybrid SUVs, its ridiculously overpriced hybrid SUVs. What's the point of a hybrid when you are trying SAVE money if the hybrid is more expensive?
        • 4 Years Ago
        um... that's not the point. people buy hybrid suvs because the fuel economy is 'conscionable' to them, and because they're relatively quick comparatively speaking.

        People don't buy hybrid suvs, or hybrids, or tdi's to break even. that's why the math has NEVER worked in the near term and why tdi sales and hybrid sales until recently, continue to explode regardless.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree completely about Hybrid SUVs. They are pointless, overrated and overpriced.
        I mean $88K for a fully loaded Escalade Hybrid??? Imagine how many years it will take to break even over the regular Escalade?? 50 years??? give or take!!
        Earlier AutoBlog published an article about JD Power and associates about the small increment in sales by 2020 for hybrid and battery vehicles.
        I really think electrical vehicles will account for maybe 2/3 of auto sales by 2050 at the earliest. Internal combustion powertrains will continue to move vehicles for a very long time. It's only a matter of which fuel will power those engine after gasoline....take your pick hydrogen?? water??? CO2?? corn oil?? or maybe all of them. Who knows??? All I know is that electrical vehicles are at this point in their development pointless and expensive to mass market them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Opulence, I has it. But I also like savings the money, that is why I drive the TDI.
      rejean
      • 4 Years Ago
      and btw every said all this "failure" bs with the V10 TDI at 72k and we sold every one of those. the 4 we got sold at sticker. so just because you cant afford it dont bash it. go get the 45k base touareg it has Nav and Xenons standard. if your not interested in a touareg at all then go comment of something else.... jeez, haters.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @rejean
        There will always be a handful of people with more money than sense, to the rest of us with money and sense a 60k or 72k SUV from a company with a dubious reliability record and poor depreciation this car is a failure.
      rejean
      • 4 Years Ago
      Depriciation on the touareg is not very high. Being at a vw dealer and having to tale these cars in on trade they hold there value very wellthe first 3-4 years. At least as well as any BMW- Benz- Porsche. The land rovers and volvos are the true horrible resale value vehicles in this class
      • 4 Years Ago
      The european prices have been out for months and showed the same spread. No surprise. No Japanese government to subsidize their technology.
      • 4 Years Ago
      But that is 10% less than the Porsche, so it is a raging bargain. Now the moderately wealthy can save some money.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is not meant to be a high volume seller.
      rejean
      • 4 Years Ago
      chill out guys Vw is only making 200 hybrids. and with the cayanne sharing a platform, running gear and many other components how do you propose they drop the price. also this car comes fully loaded and itll have 380hp. the engine being used is the Audi S4s engine. which also isnt cheap. the transmission is 8 speeds.

      this car isnt for sales records its for the few who want it just like the V10 tdi.

      the V6 tdi thats gets 19/28 mpg on the sticker will more than likely be the sales king here.. at up to 10k cheaper than the BMW and Benz competition.

      i work at a Vw dealer and we already have 2 range rover sports and an escalade traded in for touaregs.

      for those of you asking... the point of the hybrid in this application is getting great performance 6.2sec 0-62secs and still getting 25mpg.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I could buy 4 surprisingly priced new Jettas for that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I like VW, I'm an Audi owner, but having this Touareg at $60k and a Jetta at $15k makes me scratch my head. They want to cover every price point I guess? Even at $40k, the Touareg is expensive for a 2 row SUV, no matter how gorgeous. Pricing this at $60k makes you think VW doesn't want to sell any.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you dont have the extra $ needed for the Porsche you shouldnt be buying this in the first place. Bad move VW
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